Ancient History:

WAMS was established in 1829 by Ichabod Washburn who was a Congregational Church deacon, industrialist and philanthropist. He also founded Memorial Hospital, Mechanics Hall, and WPI. The Society’s original purpose included furnishing benevolent, spiritual, and educational aid to immigrants working on the Blackstone Canal. The organization later planted churches and provided benevolent services to immigrants arriving to work in the city’s flourishing factories. 

Somewhat Ancient History:

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s WAMS helped to develop and sponsor several important social initiatives including The Central Ma Housing Alliance, Worcester Community Housing Resources and Aids Project Worcester.

WAMS Today:

As an organization that is both fully faith- and civic-based, WAMS seeks collaborations that interweave research and practice with widely shared values to lift up all who are at risk of being left behind due to social barriers such as language, economic status, family education, trauma &/or lack of housing stability.  

WAMS programming includes:

1)The Summer CUBS (Comprehension and Understanding Brings Success) Program;

2) ReachOut Worcester

3) Learn&Serve Worcester and

4) The WAMS Conference Event Series